Kenneth MacCallum

Reference designs for medical device development

Reference DesignsReference designs for medical device development are a great way to ramp up a project faster and more cost effectively. At work, we’ve adopted a strategy of developing our own reference designs of subsystems that we believe will be useful in future projects.
A reference design is an implementation of a technology – such as a mechanism or circuit – that can be used to demonstrate and test its applicability to a particular use. Our intent is that they can be copied, modified and incorporated freely into our clients’ product designs to speed development and leverage our internal expertise.

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Aaron Philippsen

Better brainstorming for medical device product development

Better BrainstormingThis blog is about better brainstorming for medical device product development and includes using a systematic method of brainstorming that may help highlight higher quality concepts before detailed design begins.
Brainstorming for medical device product development has previousy been covered by former StarFish colleague, Boyd Allin.  I highly recommend you read that blog as well.

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Ryan Field

Spectrometer from home materials

Spectrometer from home materialsMake a real-time, wavelength-calibrated spectrometer using common household items.

Like many others, I’m currently working from home due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Fortunately, a significant portion of my optical engineering work, such as research, modelling and design, can be done without going into the office. On the other hand, I generally avoid going into my lab unless it’s absolutely necessary, which has largely prevented me from doing hands-on optics work for the moment.

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Lorenzo Gutierrez

Using Smartphones as a Medical Device for Point-of-Care Applications

What makes smartphones as a medical device exciting as potential point of care platform?

Smartphones are the most widely used portable devices in the world today.  According to Statita, the number of current worldwide smartphone users is around 3.5 billion.  This means that 45% of the world’s population owns a smartphone. It is predicted that by 2023, the number of mobile device users will increase to 7.3 billion. Considering that smartphone manufacturers offer new models every year, the number of smartphones in circulation is likely three times that number or more.

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Astero StarFish

Where do you find inspiration for work?

inspiration for work

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Many have paused work for a COVID-19 required break. As an essential business, our work did not pause.  We asked our content team of engineers, regulatory, quality, design, and program management creative professionals where they find inspiration for their contributions to medical device development. This blog is about finding inspiration for your work as summer and a return to work loom ahead.

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Mike Loveless

Science Fiction Medical Devices

Science Fiction Medical Devices Real medical devices from the imagination of science fiction

Many shows, movies, books and videogames feature science fiction medical devices and technologies that seem otherworldly and far beyond our capabilities. We often can’t believe a lot of them are real because their impact on the characters is so dramatic. However, the imagination and creativity of a sci-fi writer can grow from science fiction into science non-fiction with time, scientific progress and design development.

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Brian King

Five recommendations for approaching medical device optics projects

Five powerful perspectives for the Optics Laboratory

Implementing medical device optics projects like a novel measurement scheme, or bringing up a breadboard prototype for the first time, is a dynamic and messy endeavour. I’d like to share five key recommendations for approaching such journeys based on my 25 years of designing and implementing laser-based measurements.

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Lorenzo Gutierrez

8 Tips to implement POC diagnostic platform optical detection

This blog offers eight tips to help successfully implement a POC diagnostic platform optical detection with a disposable microfluidic cartridge. With the changing healthcare ecosystem, demand for point-of-care (POC) testing kits is expanding globally. Medical technology companies are accelerating development or repurposing platforms to address the need for portable diagnostic tools at the point of care using disposable microfluidic chips to screen for a variety of diseases. For COVID-19 alone, the Canadian federal government has announced plans to produce 40,000 test kits a month for the next 12 months.

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